Anne-Marie Knight, Stress Expert - SHINE! Consulting and Training LLC, Founder of Hope and Healing Homes, Inc., and Director, The Black Business Alliance
Position: Stress Expert - SHINE! Consulting and Training LLC, Founder of Hope and Healing Homes, Inc., and Director, The Black Business Alliance
Born For This! The Journey to Success in Life, Love and Business.
Born and raised in England, Anne-Marie is the eldest daughter of strict Jamaican parents, and a fourth-generation entrepreneur. She studied mechanical engineering at South Thames Polytechnic College in London, with intentions of being an architect. When her family abruptly moved to the United States, worked as a plumbing design draftsman in the engineering field, where she was privileged to work on projects like Philadelphia's Please Touch Museum and the Sheraton Hotel.
Called into the ministry, Anne-Marie entered the Salvation Army's School for Officer's Training in Suffern, New York. Upon graduating (with high honors) she held leadership positions in several large communities – earning a reputation for creatively stabilizing and growing organizations that were in crisis.
Later, Anne-Marie entered the field of human services, working successfully for many years in executive management positions, including the Executive Director of AIDS Interfaith Network, the first organization to address the needs of African Americans affected by HIV and AIDS in Connecticut. Seeing such obvious needs, Anne-Marie started her own business providing consulting and training services for small non-profits who were cash-poor, but mission-rich. Anne-Marie is uniquely qualified with the gift of being able to see beyond the presenting issues and quickly bringing an organization into alignment around its mission and vision – she applies an engineering mindset to solve complex problems, finding creative solutions. In addition, she is a master facilitator helping organizations to have challenging conversations that lead to concrete action plans, respecting their capacity, culture and connection to the community.
Armed with a Master's degree in Business Administration - with a specialization in training and leadership – Anne-Marie has designed and implemented several training programs, including Visioneering: Small Business, helping others launch their dream business; A Flight Plan: Time Management Training offered through the State of Connecticut Judicial Department; Blind Spot: Unconscious Bias Training for Educators and the groundbreaking Cops and Kids Program for LiveKind, Inc.
Anne-Marie specializes in working with faith-based organizations and those who serve families and individuals who are homeless. In her role as a consultant, she has provided strategic planning, board development, mission-vision alignment, program design, and development services. As a consultant for the Anti-Defamation League, she has facilitated workshops for thousands of students and adults that address diversity and respect in school, college, and the workplace.